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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Transsexual Killer's Prison Rampage
by Newscenter Staff

(Edmonton, Alberta) A transsexual woman who won the right to have reassignment surgery while in prison has been transferred from a medium security facility in Alberta to a high security women's penitentiary in Ontario following a series of violent incidents.

Synthia Kavanagh is in the midst of a 25 year sentence, the maximum under Canadian law, for the 1987 hammer slaying of a transsexual prostitute in Toronto.

Kavanagh allegedly trashed the Edmonton's women's prison, fought off guards and threatened the lives of others. She has been moved to the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ontario.

Prison officials refused to say if she will be charged for the fracas that led to her transfer.

The Edmonton Sun reports that Kavanagh had been given a sex toy by prison officials for "therapeutic purposes".

Kavanagh won a landmark ruling in 2001 when the Federal Court of Canada ordered Corrections Canada to remove her from a men's prison, house her in a women's facility and pay for her sex reassignment surgery.

"If the medical opinion is that sex reassignment surgery is an essential service for a particular inmate, it follows that it should be paid for by Correctional Services Canada, as would any other essential medical service," wrote Madam Justice Carolyn Layden-Stevenson in her ruling.

The decision forced the government to pay for sex reassignment surgery for any transsexual behind bars who wanted it.

© 2005


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